City and Southwest

Planning and Compliance

Sydney Metro City & Southwest is subject to an environmental assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The project is classified as Critical State Significant Infrastructure under Part 5 division 5.2 (formally Part 5.1) of the EP&A Act.

Chatswood to Sydenham planning approval

The Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) covers the construction and operation of the Sydney Metro rail line from Chatswood to Sydenham. This 16.5 kilometre section of the rail line almost entirely comprises of underground rail tunnels - including beneath Sydney Harbour - and new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Waterloo, and new underground platforms at Central.

The EIS was on public exhibition from 11 May to 27 June 2016 and received more than 300 submissions. Sydney Metro collated the responses and released a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (available in the Document Library). This report included a number of key changes made as a result of the feedback. The Minister for Planning approved the Chatswood to Sydenham EIS on 9 January 2017.

Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement Summary – May 2016

Sydenham to Bankstown planning approval

Sydney Metro received planning approval on 19 December 2018 to upgrade the T3 Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards. In 2024, customers will benefit from a new fully-air conditioned Sydney Metro train every four minutes in the peak in each direction with lifts, level platforms and platform screen doors for safety, accessibility and increased security.

For more information see the Bankstown Line Metro Conversation newsletter.

The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro upgrade was on exhibition until 18 July 2018.

You can view a summary of the project in the Sydenham to Bankstown Preferred Infrastructure Report Overview.

The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report for Sydenham to Bankstown metro upgrade and accompanying documents may be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website and

Planning modifications

The latest information about planning modifications can be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for Chatswood to Sydenham and Sydenham to Bankstown webpages.

Compliance documentation

Sydney Metro’s compliance with planning approvals is typically produced in the form of management plans, impact statements, monitoring reports and specialist consultant reports.

Some of these documents required under the Ministers Conditions of Approval include:

All other Sydney Metro City & Southwest compliance documentation is accessible from the document library and the projects contractor websites:

Demolition contractor Delta Group
Delta Group was awarded the contract to remove buildings in Chatswood, Crows Nest, North Sydney, Waterloo and Marrickville to make way for Sydney’s new metro. This contract is now complete.

Sydney Yard Access Bridge contractor (Laing O’Rourke)
Laing O’Rourke has been awarded the contract to build an access bridge from Regent Street into the rail corridor, to provide construction and operational maintenance access to Central Station for both Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains. This contract is now complete.

Tunnel and Station Excavation (TSE) contractor (John Holland CPB Ghella)
John Holland CPB Ghella Joint Venture (JHCPBG JV) has been awarded the contract to build the twin railway tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham and excavate six new Sydney Metro stations (located at Chatswood Dive, Artarmon Substation, etc. 

Sydenham Metro upgrade (John Holland Laing O’Rourke)
John Holland Pty Ltd and Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd (JHLOR JV) has been awarded the contract for major railway work at Sydenham as part of Sydney Metro, including the upgrade of Sydenham Station. 

Northern Corridor Works (Portion 7) contractor (Laing O’Rourke)
Laing O’Rourke is delivering work on the T1 North Shore Line between Waitara and Waverton stations, and around Epping Station to prepare for the start of Sydney Metro services. This contract is now complete.

Central Station Main Works (Laing O'Rourke)
Laing O’Rourke has been awarded the contract to deliver the new Sydney Metro platforms under Central Station as well as the landmark Central Walk - a new underground pedestrian concourse to help customers get around Sydney’s busiest railway station.

Martin Place Integrated Station Development (Lendlease)
Lendlease has been appointed to design and construct the new Sydney Metro Martin Place integrated station development which includes the new Martin Place Station, two new buildings above the station as well as new underground pedestrian connections and improvements to the public domain.

Victoria Cross Integrated Station Development (Leadlease)
Lendlease is delivering the Sydney Metro Victoria Cross integrated station development which includes a 40-storey (plus 2-storey rooftop plant) commercial building above the station’s southern entrance, integrating retail opportunities and enhancing North Sydney as a thriving commercial, residential and entertainment hub.

Linewide Work (Systems Connect)
Systems Connect is a Joint Venture (JV) between CPB Contractors and UGL Engineering. The JV has been contracted to convert the excavated tunnel into a working railway for Sydney Metro City & Southwest. Line-wide work includes the permanent systems, services and building works required for metro trains to travel through the Sydney Metro City & Southwest tunnels.

Waterloo Integrated Station Development
The Waterloo Metro Quarter project that will revitalise the area will be delivered by a joint venture between John Holland and Mirvac. The Waterloo Metro Quarter concept comprises five building envelopes including three towers and two mid-rise buildings above and adjacent to the station.

Pitt Street Integrated Station Development
CPB Contractors is delivering the Sydney Metro Pitt Street Integrated Station Development which includes a 250-metre long underground station between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, with entrances on Park and Bathurst Streets. The two station entries will be connected with retail and other commercial facilities.

Crows Nest Station Construction
Construction company AW Edwards has been awarded the contract to build Sydney Metro’s new Crows Nest Station, which will include two entrances, footpaths, lighting, retail space, improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety around the site and enabling works for future over station developments.